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Cultivating Rice and Votes: The Institutional Origins of Agricultural Protectionism

Horiuchi, Yusaku; Saito, Jun


We explore in this article an institutional foundation of agricultural protectionism in Japan, a country long recognized as resisting international pressures to open up its rice market. Using our qualitative analysis of postwar politics of agricultural protectionism and a simple formal model, we argue that farmers in Japan have stronger incentives to mobilize electoral support for the governing party in multimember district systems than in single-member district systems, because the marginal...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of East Asian Studies


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